I have quite a lot of Motown Lps from 1964-72,that I knew were pressed by RCA. This is the very first confirmation of this I have found.You used all three plants didn't you? I  have some marked with the  Monarch "MR" too,but these begin about 1964.They used somebody else before, 1964,but don't want to get up and pull out my records.

What was the deal with the RCA pressings for Atlantic in the 60s ? I always like to find them.


Bob Olhsson <[log in to unmask]> wrote: -----Original Message-----
From Tom Fine: "how many cutters were there at Motown and what was your

We had a Neumann ES-59 half speed mono system and finally added a stereo
system in 1968 when the superb Neumann SX-68 cutter came out.

For the most part we were cutting master prototypes that Randy Kling at RCA
in Chicago had to match using their Scully/Westrex systems for the
production masters. We only cut production masters when there wasn't enough
time to go the RCA route. Typically this happened when an artist got offered
a last minute Ed Sullivan Show appearance.

We preferred RCA production masters and plating because they could fix any
skipping problems in a day rather than the week it would take using indi
plating plants. In the pop music business timing and the ability to put your
ducks in a row is frequently the difference between a hit record and a
stiff. In the mid '60s RCA was pressing more Motown singles than RCA
singles. And that didn't include the reorders which were done by three indi
plants, Monarch in LA and two others which were half-owned by Motown!

Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
Mastering, Audio for Picture, Mix Evaluation and Quality Control
Over 40 years making people sound better than they ever imagined!

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